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956 Ratings

The Tribe

Plemya | Племя

Ukraine, Netherlands, 2014
Drama, Crime

Synopsis

Deaf mute Sergey enters a specialized boarding school for deaf-and-dumb. In this new place, he needs to find his way through the hierarchy of the school’s network dealing with crime and prostitution, The Tribe. By taking part of several robberies, he gets propelled higher into the organization.

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The Tribe Directed by Miroslav Slaboshpitsky
One might begin by saying that deafness is likely not a source of “anxious confusion” to Deaf people; one might then proceed to say that the film’s construction is so expert it amounts to a grand optimism and a solace. It contains no verbal language of the kind spoken by most people, but its formallanguage — not ISL, not any form of represented dialogue but its craftsmanship — is so powerful and complex as to re-emphasize the place of art — in this case, filmic art — alongside violence and politics as a third means of processing and shaping collective life.
December 10, 2015
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This is the major quality of the film’s formal innovation: its ability to produce monumental images and gestural performances that cannot leave the audience indifferent.
September 15, 2015
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The debut film of the year so far is an astonishing coup de cinema from the Ukrainian writer-director Miroslav Slaboshpitskiy, who demonstrates a command of form and staging to leave one fittingly speechless. For all its deprivations (dialogue, subtitles, humanity), this cold, pitiless immersion in the life and crimes of a Kiev boarding school for deaf teenagers is simply staggering in its narrative momentum and emotional expressiveness.
July 02, 2015
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